What is reflexology?


Reflexology involves the application of varying degrees of pressure to one part of the body, usually the feet or hands, in order to produce beneficial effects in other parts of the body. By using various techniques, such as thumb walking, the therapist stimulates a specific part of the body through the feet with the intent to create homeostasis in the body for a healing effect. There are over 7000 nerve endings in the bottom of our feet and these correspond with specific parts of the whole body.

Some conditions reflexology can help with are allergies, aches and pains, detoxification, digestive problems, sinusitis, stress and anxiety, menstrual problems, headaches and more.

Reflexology is a safe holistic treatment that leave you feeling relaxed and pampered. I also offer Indian head massage, Reiki and Ear candling at my salon.. Here in Nova Scotia we are very lucky to have a great organization called NSARP (Nova Scotia Association of Reflexology Practitioners) and if you go to our website nsarp.org it give you lots of information and you can find a certified therapist in your area in the Atlantic provinces. If you have questions feel free to contact me, Kim Young-Ward RRT at 902-681-8090 for more information or to make an appointment.

Submitted by Kim Young - Golden Tan

Weight Loss and Your Hormones

Is your weight increasing even though you exercise and eat well? Is your weight more than you think it should be based on your lifestyle?

If you have ‘stuck weight’ your hormones may be to blame. When there is an imbalance, your weight may be very difficult to shed, or can increase!

Any of the following can indicate your hormones are not in balance: chronic stress, trouble sleeping, fatigue (especially in the afternoon), weight around the abdomen, heavy or irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, PMS, low libido, diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc...

Based on your symptoms, a physical exam and/or laboratory testing,  we can identify  which hormones need support. An individualized treatment plan, including herbs, nutrition supplements, specific lifestyle changes and/or acupuncture can bring back balance in your life.

It is possible to feel your best, and lose weight. Contact Valley Naturopathic Clinic to find a solution that works for you. Naturopathic services are covered under most health insurance plans.

In Health and Happiness,


First Wolfville Scouts Canada leaders  Floyd Priddle (left) and Hugh Chipman accept a cheque for $1,000 from Rotary Club of Wolfville President Peter Bagnell, with the traditional Scouts' left-handed handshake.  The money will be used to help with a project to refurbish the Sunken Lake Scout Camp.


Dr. Kira Woolaver ND

Naturopathic Doctor




There once was a bird, that had a dream about becoming a hummingbird???


But, it just did not happen.


Well at least, he can enjoy the sugar water provided.


Taken 24 July 2016, East Kingston, NS




Murray D. ROLPH

Treating the Whole Person

Sarah Trask, HD (RHom), DSHM (Hons)


Modern society has a tendency to view disease in categories of diagnosis or in terms of locations of the body. For example, if you have ear problems, you would see an ear, nose, throat doctor. If you have emotional issues, you see a psychiatrist. The problem with this model, is that it has a tendency to ignore and separate how one disorder affects another part of the body, and then leads to multiple drug treatments for different parts of the body. Homeopathy is a system of medicine that views each person as a functioning whole, and treats that functioning whole.  A Homeopath addresses each person and how their entire system is functioning, because the body works as a functioning unit, with one system affecting the next. For example, think about your health in its totality compared to your friend or neighbour. You may both get the same virus that’s going around, but you have a chest susceptibility and when you get sick, it goes straight to your lungs, you also get constipated, irritable, chilly, restless, and can’t sleep. Your neighbor, who has the same virus, will get lots of headaches, feel overheated, lethargic and confused, have diarrhea, and an extremely congested in the sinuses with lots of green mucous. Both of you come from different backgrounds, with susceptibilities or weaknesses being passed down from your parents, and both of you live and work and eat differently that can add to these weaknesses/susceptibilities. In order to get to the core of what is making someone sick, we need to truly investigate each individual’s weaknesses, heredity factors, environment, lifestyle, and health history as it relates to all parts of their person, on not only a physical level, but on a mental/emotional one as well.

In Homeopathic Medicine, we work to reduce a patient’s weaknesses, so their body is less susceptible to what would normal weaken it. The medicine stimulates the body to heal itself, therefore building strength, so the recurrence of symptoms happens less, and less.

Valley Stamps Exhibition, Show & Sale
– 2016 a success

The 2016 Valley Stamp Exhibition, Show & Sale was held in the Port Williams Community Centre of Saturday, April 30.  Attendance was very good with excellent participation in the exhibits, auction and various vendors. The Club is very appreciative of our sponsors who include the Winery Association of Nova Scotia, Canada Post, Australia Post, New Zealand Post, Jersey Post, and Iceland Post.

The club was established on March 2, 1961 and continues to meet on the first and third Saturdays of each month from September to June at the Port Williams Community Centre. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

This year’s cover cancel was designed to commemorate the           Waterville Airport – 1943 - 2016

New at Julie Skaling PhysioTherapy

Announcing  a new service: Functional Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle that has pain and typically contains a trigger point. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle that is used is very thin. Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin. The patient may only feel Dry needling is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention, with very few side effects. This technique is unequaled in finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction that leads to pain and functional deficits.

The Band is made up of residents of Annapolis Royal and surrounding towns, all of whom play just for the love of it. Not even the band director, profiled here, is paid.

Jolene Buchholz

Jolene Buchholz, a native of Bear River now living in Granville Ferry, is the long-time director of the Annapolis Basin Community Band, having held that post for the past 20 years. Buchholz studied music at Mt. Allison and earned her Master’s degree in music at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. An accomplished instrumentalist – oboe and English Horn - Buchholz is a member of the P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra.

“It is an honour and an inspiration to lead this group of dedicated musicians”, said Buchholz of her years at the podium. “Playing a musical instrument in a community group is about much more than just reading notes off a page. It is about connecting with others on a wonderful level of vibration, which impacts our physical, mental and emotional health for the better. It feeds one’s soul.”

As with any community band, recruiting new people is a continuous challenge for ABCB. One solution was an adult “beginner band” where aspiring “newbies” get to try their wings with a musical instrument regardless of age, ability or experience. “A number of our players started with a beginner band,” said Buchholz. “One of our newbies hadn’t played since high school. We gave him a loaner horn to try his wings. He enjoyed the experience and has been with the band ever since. His age at the time he borrowed the horn:75.

As owner/manager of BeechTree Stables in Granville Ferry, Buchholz teaches horsemanship lessons and leads workshops/retreats in equine assisted personal development. She also facilitates community drumming circles open to all ages. (Check out Fundy Fun Drum on Facebook).

Erica Spring BodyTalk

Dealing with Stress - Mental Health Week May 2-8 2016

Humans have a built in mechanism for dealing with stress; we switch into a different mental and physical state to deal with a stressful situation and switch out of it when the stressor has gone. However, living with chronic stress, Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), or even our every day stressful lives can lead to our on/off switch becoming oversensitive or stuck. This can cause our various mental and physical systems to wear down and disconnect from each other. Untreated, emotional and mental stress will eventually lead to physical discomfort or illness.

The great news is that our bodies can recover from all forms of stress. Just like a cut heals and our bones mend, our minds will move towards health with the right tools and support. BodyTalk techniques help take the body and mind out of stress mode, reset our on/off switches, and address the root cause of stress. Simple and non-invasive, BodyTalk works beyond the ego, the part of our brain that holds onto the stories and beliefs that create our stress. Is your story ready to change? Learn more at ericaspring.ca

A Rose by any
other name…

The branding of wine by the region it comes from is not new to the wine world, but over the last few years the traditional old world wine regions have sought (and won) the right to reserve the branded wine styles names that are familiar to consumers.    For vineyards outside of the physical regions associated with these brands, who are no longer able to use the wine style as the name of their wines, the grape varietals that are used to make these traditional wines have replaced the wine style names.   This change has created some confusion as people try to find the wine they have always liked that is now under a different name.   Among the popular wines styles that are now named after the grape varietal versus the region they are grown in, are the following:

• Barolo – from the northern Italian region of Piedmont has been renamed Nebbiolo after the grape used to make Barolo.

• Beaujolais – referring to wine from the French province of Beaujolais, is now named after the Gamay grape from which it is made.

• Chianti – from the central Tuscany region of Italy, is a blend of three grapes with Sangiovese being the primary grape used – hence you will now find Chianti styled wines called Sangiovese.

• Valpolicella – from the Italian province of Veneto/Verona.  This popular low tannin wine is made with the Valroza grape and not known as Valroza wine.

If you find all this a bit confusing, don’t worry, if your visit your local NSLC or a wine kit store, the staff can help you find the wines you are looking for – even if they have a “new” name based on the grape and not the region.

Physiotherapy and Work Place Injuries

– A Typical Case History

Leah White,

Occupational Therapist

Julie Skaling Physiotherapy

Mr. X works as a laborer. He uses his body all day for lifting and carrying heavy boxes. He started having back pain one week ago, after he lifted a heavy object. It progressed to the point where he could not continue working.

Mr. X booked and appointment right away at a Physiotherapy Clinic as he knew physiotherapy could help him to alleviate the pain and get back to work.

After the initial Physiotherapy evaluation, Mr. X was found to have a strained low back. The recommendations were:

1. Reduce his pain: with a combination of Massage Therapy, ultra sound, light treatment, electric current, heat/ice, and acupuncture.

2. Improve function, mobility and strength: with exercises specific to his current abilities with progressions (as tolerate) by using weights, elastic bands, core exercises, walking on the treadmill, stationary biking and work specific exercises.

3. Communication: with the family Doctor, Employer and WCB to make a plan for return to work at full hours and duties, but starting with modified duties to accommodate his current level of function.

4. Prevent re-injury: with education on posture and body mechanics, and have an Occupational Therapist a) perform a job site evaluation to aid the employer in developing a list of job demands, b) make recommendations for a safe return and c) suggest modifications to the work place if needed.

In summary, Mr. X progressively got better each week and as a result he was able to gradually increase his hours and duties at work until he returned to full capacity.

To have a successful return to work it requires a Physiotherapist to coordinate a whole team that includes the injured worker, Employer, WCB, Doctor, Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and others.